How the Bookies See it:
- Salford v St Helens: St Helens 4/7, Salford 11/8, Draw 20/1 - Paddy Power
- Leeds v Wigan: Leeds 5/6, Wigan evens, Draw 16/1 - William Hill
- Catalans v Wakefield: Catalans 2/9, Wakefield 10/3, Draw 25/1 - Bet365
Salford Red Devils have won their last two games, following an inconsistent start to the season. A fine victory over league leaders Castleford in Round 5 was followed up with a 46-10 demolition of Widnes last time out, a night that saw nine different Red Devils players notch up tries. St Helens have also turned a corner after three successive defeats in late February and early March. A narrow win at Catalans was followed up by a straightforward 31-6 win over a beleaguered Warrington team last week, setting up an intriguing matchup on Thursday night.
Leeds Rhinos sit third in Super League and are currently enjoying a three-game winning streak. Since an embarrassing 66-10 reverse to Castleford, Rhinos have swept aside Catalans, Wakefield and Huddersfield, and also boast the most metres run and tackles completed of any team in the league. Wigan Warriors had put together a run of ten competitive wins, stretching back to last season, before Hull FC put a stop to that last Friday. Warriors did well to fight back from 22-0 down, but still finished up two points adrift of the East Yorkshire club.
Catalans Dragons have followed up three straight victories at the start of the season with three straight defeats in recent weeks. Leeds, St Helens and Castleford have found little resistance in taking two points from the French team. Wakefield Trinity have now won three of their last four. Boss Chris Chester accused his players of complacency after their defeat to Leeds in Round 5, but they responded in the right way to overcome Leigh 28-24 last week.
Undoubtedly the tie of the round sees the last two seasons’ Grand Final winners meet as Leeds host Wigan. The betting is as tight as you’d expect, given that there is little to separate the teams. Wigan’s first half capitulation to Hull last week is a concern for followers of Shaun Wane’s team but, on the assumption that it was a one-off, Warriors have proved slightly more consistent that Rhinos this term and could sneak a narrow win. William Hill’s 9/4 on a Wigan victory of between one and 12 points seems a good deal.
Although many tipped Salford to struggle this season, their victory over early leaders Castleford in Round 5 shows they shouldn’t be easily dismissed. With that in mind, Paddy Power’s 11/8 on a home victory looks very tempting for Thursday night’s tie at the AJ Bell Stadium. As a more cautious bet, evens from Betfred on the Greater Manchester side scoring first is worth a look.
Wakefield’s players will feel aggrieved that they have been posted as solid underdogs by the betting community, a move that could easily backfire on the bookies. A trip to Perpignan is often a tough ask, but St Helens returned with the spoils in Round 5 and Trinity are showing real promise, that defeat to Leeds aside. With the Dragons currently misfiring,10/3 from Bet365 on the Yorkshiremen grabbing the win is too good to ignore.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip - Wakefield to beat Catalans at 10/3 with Bet365.
Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run up to kick off.